This is my entry for day 1 of Bella's writing contest!
I stepped lightly on the crunching leaves. This was a new forest we hadn't explored. I saw the other four members of my Establishment behind me, braced for anything to happen.
I heard a loud noise from somewhere ahead. I quickly pulled an arrow out of the quiver clipped to the waist of my jeans, and raised it to my bow. I saw something move on the other side of some bushes. I jerked my head to the left to signal to the rest of the group.
I heard a low whisper. "Something is definitely there." I thought. I bravely stepped forward. I pulled my arrow back. Then, I heard the high pitched squeal of a baby. A jolt of surprise ran through me. The cry was followed by a sharp, "Shh!". I was very confused. Whatever was behind the bush wasn't moving now.
Joe, a tall, strong man from my Establishment approached the bushes. He walked around them, looking reading for anything. I followed, holding my bow tight, though I hoped dearly that I would not need it. How reached out a hand to rhe ground. He pulled up a young woman with blue eyes and tangled and curly blonde hair. She looked extremely shaken, tears were streaming done her pale face. In her arms she had a tiny newborn baby, a crying one. Joe didn't look bothered.
"Are you alone?" He asked skeptically, eyeing her as an enemy. "Ye-Yes" She squeaked, gripping her child tighter. Joe looked the woman up and down, inspecting her.
"What's your name?" I asked, hoping to intimidate the lady less. "I...Iris." She stuttered, "And this here is Eleanor. Eleanor Rose. Ella for short." I nodded as Iris looked lovingly at Ella. The baby was wrapped in a tattered pink blanket. That's exacting what the mother and daughter were, tattered. "Can they come back to camp with us?" I sheepishly asked Joe, tugging on the end of my dark side braid.
Joe looked reluctant, but he nodded, "I guess."
"Come on," I gestured to Iris and Ella, "Follow me." I walked closer up to Iris, and smiled at her. She replied with a weak smile of her own, she'd obviously been through a lot. Iris looked a little older than me, maybe in her mid-twenties.
It saddened me, how worn Iris appeared. She looked exhausted. She had bags under her eyes and was moving slowly, yet she kept her lips pursed tightly into a smile. This is what the government had done to us. Well, the lack of government. The government had crashed long before I was born, way back in 2029. It was 2055 now, and I was born in 2034. Since then things had gone down hill, people started to form groups, colonies, "Establishments", but that just made things worse. With no head govern, we all had different regulations, different laws, different opinions that kept us in a world of chaos. Things couldn't get much worse than this. That is what I was thinking as we brought Iris and Ella to our camp. But in the months to come, I was to be proved wrong.
I wrote this like a prologue to a dystopian novel, oh and little something random, this is about 10 paragraphs long, and the whole time, you do not learn the main character's name! Did you notice that? It's not my BEST writing piece, but I think I did ok. I hope you liked it Bella!